Open Day At Wimbledon Common Stables

Mascot race will be one of the attractions!

This year's Wimbledon Common Stables Open Day takes place on Sunday September 15.

The annual free event runs from 10.30am-5pm, with an emphasis on animal and ecological activities, and all sorts of charity stalls.

There is also an arena space with visits from birds of prey, a whacky dog show, pony jumping, representatives from the Household Cavalry and rides on horse-drawn dreys.

The annual AFC Wimbledon Charity Mascot Race where furry mascots from all over the local area get together for an obstacle race in the name of charity, also takes place. Last year's line-up is on the right.

This is the third running of this colourful event, and there is still time for local business to enter their own mascot if they would like to take part.

AFC Wimbledon have run mascot races to help Children in Need, the Children's Liver Disease Foundation, Home Start Merton, Pets for Heroes and this year they are helping Centrepoint, the charity for Homeless London children

The mascot race will be in the arena between 3pm-3.40pm (weather permitting).

Free micro-chipping for dogs will also be on offer from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Battersea staff and volunteers will also give free advice, and engrave tags with owners' details, as it is required by law for all dogs to wear a tag in a public place.

Dee McIntosh, Director of Communications at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home said: "Many dog owners don’t realise how helpful a chip, the size of a grain of rice, can be. Having an owners contact details at hand removes the chance that they may lose their dog.

"Microchipping is the only permanent way of identifying your pet, and it ensures that any lost animal can be reunited with its owner as quickly as possible. It takes no time at all and simply involves inserting a chip without your dog taking much notice. So Battersea is keen dog owners will take the time to get it done."

The Wimbledon Common Stables Open Day is authorised by the Wimbledon & Putney Commons Conservators and run by the Commons Rangers. The Rangers are a group of mounted wardens responsible for maintaining the rare acid upland features of the Commons and for nurturing its animal and biological diversity.

August 20, 2013